“Capture the Spirit of Ramadan” International Photography Competition™ Ramadan Photography Initiative Hopes to Counter Negative Stereotypes about Muslims and Islam
Jul 16, 2013 Photography
A moment of serenity with Allah. Abdullah Mokhtar, Egypt / Courtesy of IRPC
The International Ramadan Photography Competition (IRPC) is a unique 30-day visual celebration of Ramadan, which started on July 10, 2013. Artists from over 60 countries have shared images to over 3 million viewers in the past editions of the competition. The best of the collection of IRPC photographs will be exhibited in distinguished venues around the country and around the world as part of its international touring exhibition.
Alif Lam Meem. Hina Ahmed, Pakistan / Courtesy of IRPC
At the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Arine Rinawi, Palestine / Courtesy of IRPC
Curves Of Tranqulity. Shafayet Chowhury, Bangladesh / Courtesy of IRPC
Unique to other international photography competitions in the world, IRPC:
Date Shop. Rahat Khan, Bangladesh / Courtesy of IRPC
Everyone can pray. Samar Abu Elouf, Palestine / Courtesy of IRPC
Father and son with the Quran during Ramadan. Mahmoud Abu Hamda, Palestine / Courtesy of IRPC
The charm of praying jummah in a historical place. Amine Bahdod, Morocco / Courtesy of IRPC
“Thank you for spreading the majesty of Ramadan. Our family loves to gather around the computer and enjoy being transported to faraway places after iftaar (the meal after sunset when Muslims break their fast).” Tawfeeq Martin, IRPC fan and participant from California.
Surprising Benefits of IRPC:
“The Capture the Spirit of Ramadan International Photography Competition is a wonderful initiative that gives the viewer the opportunity to learn about the customs and traditions of Muslims all over the world as they celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with an added sense of spirituality and brotherhood.” Hisham Sarsour, an award-winning photojournalist and 2011 2nd place winner of the IRPC.
Guljar Colony Masjid. Kailash Mittal, India / Courtesy of IRPC
Prayer. Naushad Ali, Saudi Arabia / Courtesy of IRPC
Ramadan is the month of the Qur'an. Ihsaan Haffejee, South Africa / Courtesy of IRPC
Ramadan- the month of the Holy Quran. Serag Zwait, Libya / Courtesy of IRPC
The “Capture the Spirit of Ramadan” International Photography Competition™ was founded by Basel Almisshal, an award-winning architect, designer and professional photographer in 2011. The mission of the IRPC is to educate and enlighten people about Ramadan through the art of photography while providing an international platform for Muslim and non-Muslim photographers to share their talent with the world. The IRPC has seen massive growth in its first two years, and this year welcomes new jury members including the celebrated photojournalist and past World Press Awards judge, Professor Shahidul Alam and Steve McCurry, National Geographic award-winning photographer of the world's most recognized photo, the green eyed "Afghan Girl".